Roberts Wesleyan College invites Rachel Barnhart, Bishop Salvatore Matano and others to present on campus at the college’s annual Cultural Enrichment series.
The purpose of the program is to help students understand connections between a Christian liberal arts education; a life of scholarship, service and faith; and the culture at large. The speaking events are free and open to the entire community.
Barnhart’s presentation, “Free Speech,” falls on National Constitution Day at noon on Sept. 17 in the Ellen Stowe Room in Garlock Dining Commons. It’s been 231 years since the Constitution was adopted. Guests can bring their own lunch to this event.
A graduate of Cornell University and a broadcast journalist for 18 years, Barnhart operated as an investigative journalist and co-founded Rochester Media Association in 2011 to support and strengthen the local press. She created and maintains an active blog, The Rochesterian, focusing on local news and issues.
Barnhart has run for political office three times, the latest of which was to succeed Louise Slaughter for the 25th Congressional District. Her book, “Broad, Casted: Gender, Media, Politics, and Taking on the Establishment,” was born out of one of her election experiences.
Baritone Tobias Greenhalgh will present Schubert’s “Winterreise” at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 19 in the Shewan Recital Hall of the Cultural Life Center. Greenhalgh graduated from Greece Athena High School in 2007, and performed at Carnegie Hall, Glyndebourne and Aix-en Provence.
Matano will make his first visit to Roberts at 4 p.m. on Oct. 18 in the Lake Auditorium in Smith Hall. He earned his Licentiate of Sacred Theology and Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, and was ordained to the priesthood in St. Peter’s Basilica. He earned the rank of Honorary Prelate of His Holiness in 1985 and Protonotary Apostolic in 1993.
From 1995 to 2000, Matano served as a special lecturer in the undergraduate and graduate departments of theology at Providence College, after which he served as secretary to the nuncio of the American nunciature. In 2005, he was appointed coadjutor bishop of Burlington, Vermont, by Pope John Paul II. After receiving his episcopal consecration and becoming the ninth bishop of Burlington, Matano succeeded Bishop Matthew H. Clark as bishop of the Diocese of Rochester in 2014.
Other events include “An Evening of Art Song, Opera and Sacred Son” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 16 with Joshua Bouillon, Jeffery McGhee and Michael Landrum, as well as a talk by author Drew Moser at 11 a.m. on Oct. 22 in Hale Auditorium and noon in Ellen Stowe Room. Guests can bring their own lunch to Moser’s presentations.
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